DN440 Biomedical, Health & Life Sciences (BHS1)

If human health and disease research interests you, this exciting new degree will provide you with the fundamental knowledge and skills you require.

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The Biomedical Health and Life Science multi-disciplinary BSc honours degree is designed to offer a unique environment to students in which they will become multi-disciplinary scientists at the interface of Biomedical Science and Medicine in order to translate scientific knowledge and discoveries to impact on global human health and disease.



The programme values and therefore encourages the development of an enquiring, collaborative, critical and analytical approach to learning that will engender an intellectual and professional approach to the understanding of the complexity of human health and disease.



The programme offers a unique learning environment at both an academic research and hospital setting delivered by internationally recognised research active scientists and clinicians. In addition to the traditional lecturing approach the programme promotes the use of small group learning, journal club and ethical review style discussions to develop the critical thinking and reflection of the scientific approach and impact on patient outcomes and society as scientific knowledge is brought into clinical utility. The research project places an emphasis on clinically relevant research questions where the student also gains a respect for working with clinical material and an understanding of the steps to bring these ideas into clinical use. The programme utilises a blended approach to assessment including project work and presentations.


1 - Demonstrate a knowledge of body functions in health and disease underpinned by molecular, biochemical and pathobiological processes.
2 - Work in a multi-disciplinary scientific and clinical team environment with an appreciation of what each discipline can bring to the integration and transfer of knowledge to impact on patient outcomes.
3 - Undertake a professional approach and respectfulness in their interaction with patient material and research questions.
4 - Apply scientific methodology to identify solutions to clinically relevant questions in the areas of prevention, diagnosis and interventions of human disease.
5 - Implement a professional and passionate approach to lifelong, self-directed and collaborative learning throughout their careers.
6 - Appreciate the importance of scientific enquiry and how to translate scientific knowledge to clinical utility with a vision to making an impact on global health and disease.
7 - Practise as a scientist and implement the scientific process of generating clinically relevant hypothesises as well as design, plan, conduct and evaluate the outcome of scientific experiments.
8 - Think critically about what they learn and their research findings.
9 - Impart their knowledge and analysis through written and oral media to audiences ranging from scientists, clinicians, patients and the general lay public.
10 - Organise their time and activities to deliver specific planned objectives.
11 - Position themselves to contribute to the path of discovery to enhance global health.
12 - Act as responsible global citizens, including a commitment to social and cultural diversity, equity and ethics.
If human health and disease research interests you, this exciting new degree will provide you with the fundamental knowledge and skills you require.

This new degree will appeal to anyone who has a keen interest in science and who wishes to study the effect modern diseases have on the normal function of the healthy human body. You will also learn how scientifically driven investigation can advance our knowledge of disease treatment and prevention.

The programme provides you with a wide breadth of education and training across a range of modern medical and biological sciences and focuses on the application of scientific developments in the prevention and alleviation of disease.
Stage 1 in the programme involves a number of modules concerned with modern basic biomedical laboratory sciences. The subject areas in the core modules of this stage will include relevant aspects of anatomy, biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, cytology, histology and physiology.

Subsequent study of disease processes will enable you to proceed to further learning about the research-based development of new and more effective means of diagnosing, treating and preventing illness. The flexible modular structure of this programme will allow you to specialise in areas of investigative biomedical science that especially interest you, particularly in the later stages of the degree course.
You may apply to study abroad for either a semester or a year through the Erasmus programme or on a non-EU exchange. UCD has over 200 Erasmus partners in Europe and an increasing number of non-EU exchange agreements with universities in the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan and elsewhere.

Please visit the Erasmus section by clicking on the International Office link at the top of this page.
Typically, graduates will follow scientific careers in biomedical research, undertaking MSc and PhD higher degrees. They also have a high success rate for entry to Graduate Entry to Medicine programmes and pursue opportunities in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, as well as other areas allied to health.
UCD Health Sciences Programme Office Health Sciences Centre (Ground floor) Belfield, Dublin 4 Tel: +353 1 716 6656 Email: healthscience@ucd.ie Web: www.ucd.ie/healthsciences
Stage 1

- Any student who did NOT receive a grade of C3 or better in Chemistry in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) examination MUST enrol to the module CHEM00010 Introductory Chemistry but no other students should enrol to that module.

Stage 4

Students undertaking their research project abroad must contact BHLS@ucd.ie

Module ID Module Title Trimester Credits
Stage 1 Core Modules
     
ANAT10110 Clinical Human Anatomy I Autumn

5

ANAT20030 Basic Tissues & Early Develop Autumn

5

PATH10010 Translational Research Autumn

5

PATH10020 Basic Principles of Cell Biolo Autumn

5

PHYC10120 Physics in Medicine Autumn

5

ANAT10120 Clinical Human Anatomy II Spring

5

CHEM10050 Basis of Organic and Biological Chemistry Spring

5

MDSA10210 Science Medicine and Society Spring

5

PATH10200 Basic Principles of Genetics Spring

5

PHYC10130 Physics II Medical Science Spring

5

Stage 1 Core Modules
     
Stage 1 Options - B)1 OF:

Students who did NOT receive a grade of C3 or better in Chemistry in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) MUST register to the module CHEM00010 Introductory Chemistry.
All other students should select CHEM10040.
     
CHEM00010 Introductory Chemistry Autumn

5

CHEM10040 The Molecular World Autumn

5

Stage 1 Options - B)1 OF:

Students who did NOT receive a grade of C3 or better in Chemistry in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) MUST register to the module CHEM00010 Introductory Chemistry.
All other students should select CHEM10040.
     
Stage 2 Core Modules
     
BMOL20060 Biomolecular Lab Skills 1 Autumn

5

BMOL20090 Molecular Genetics and Biotech Autumn

5

BMOL20110 Biomolecular Sciences Autumn

5

STAT20070 Data Modelling for Science Autumn

5

BIOC20060 Biochemistry in Action Spring

5

BMOL20070 Biomolecular Lab Skills 2 Spring

5

PHAR20040 Pharmacology:Biomedical Scienc Spring

5

Stage 2 Core Modules
     
Stage 2 Options - A)1 OF:
Select one option module
     
CHEM20090 Chemistry for Biology Autumn

5

FDSC20010 Food Macronutrients Autumn

5

MDSA20010 Gastrointestinal Tract and Liver Biology Autumn

5

MDSA20030 Endocrine Biology Autumn

5

PHYS20050 Cell-Cell Communication Autumn

5

Stage 2 Options - A)1 OF:
Select one option module
     
Stage 2 Options - B) 1 OF:
Students that wish to take Respiratory Physiology (PHYS30020) as an option, please contact BHLS@ucd.ie to be manually registered to this module.
     
FDSC20020 Nutritional Energy Metabolism Spring

5

MDSA20170 Vascular Biology Spring

5

NEUR20050 Principles of Neuroscience Spring

5

PHYS30020 Respiratory Physiology Spring

5

Stage 2 Options - B) 1 OF:
Students that wish to take Respiratory Physiology (PHYS30020) as an option, please contact BHLS@ucd.ie to be manually registered to this module.
     
Stage 2 Options - C)1 OF:
Select one option module
     
MDSA20180 Cardiac Biology Spring

5

MDSA20190 Renal Biology Spring

5

MICR20050 Microbiology in Medicine, Biotechnology and the Environment Spring

5

Stage 2 Options - C)1 OF:
Select one option module
     
Stage 3 Core Modules
     
BMOL30040 Receptor-mediated cell signalling Autumn

5

MEIN30240 Bioinformatics Autumn

5

PATH30080 Disease Mechanisms & Pharmacological Principles Autumn

5

PHAR30020 Endocrine, Renal and Reproductive Pharmacology Spring

5

RDGY30320 Introduction to Research Spring

5

Stage 3 Core Modules
     
Stage 3 Options - A)3 OF:
If you wish to take both PHYS30190 and GENE30040 as option modules, please contact BHLS@ucd.ie Please note, it is not possible to select BIOC30030, GENE30030 and PHYS30190 as a combination of modules.
     
BIOC30030 Biochemist's Toolkit Spring

5

BMOL30050 Genomics and Proteomics Spring

5

GENE30030 Genetic Basis of Disease Spring

5

GENE30040 Introduction to Programming for Biologists Spring

5

MEMI30010 Medical Microbiology Spring

5

PHYS30040 Endocrine Physiology Spring

5

PHYS30190 Experimental Physiology Spring

5

RDGY30520 Medical Imaging (Clin/Res) Spring

5

Stage 3 Options - A)3 OF:
If you wish to take both PHYS30190 and GENE30040 as option modules, please contact BHLS@ucd.ie Please note, it is not possible to select BIOC30030, GENE30030 and PHYS30190 as a combination of modules.
     
Stage 3 Options - B)2OF:
Select two option modules
     
CLIP30240 Stem Cells in Medicine Autumn

5

PATH30040 GI/Hepatobiliary Diseases Autumn

5

PHAR30010 Chemotherapeutic Agents Autumn

5

PHAR30060 Central Nervous Systems Diseases Autumn

5

PHYS30160 Control of Vascular Resistance Autumn

5

Stage 3 Options - B)2OF:
Select two option modules
     
Stage 4 Core Modules
     
PATH40030 Journal and Ethical Review Autumn

5

PATH40220 Research Project: BSc Biomed Autumn

20

Stage 4 Core Modules
     
Stage 4 Options - B)1 OF:
Select one option module
     
PATH40020 Clinical Biomarkers Autumn

5

PHAR40030 Advanced cardiovascular pharmacology: mechanisms and pharmacotherapy in atherothrombotic disease Autumn

5

Stage 4 Options - B)1 OF:
Select one option module
     
Stage 4 Options - C)6 OF:
Please note if you choose PATH30060 you cannot choose PHAR40040 or BIOC40060. PHAR40040 and BIOC40060 however can both be chosen as option modules.
     
BIOC40060 Advanced Neurochemistry Spring

5

BMOL40050 Advanced Cancer Biology and Pharmacology Spring

5

GENE40030 Advanced Mechanisms of Gene Regulation Spring

5

GENE40040 Model organism genetics: a modern experimental approach Spring

5

GENE40050 Human Genetics & Disease Spring

5

MEIN40230 Personalized Medicine Spring

5

PATH30060 Genetics, Perinatal and Paediatric Diseases Spring

5

PHAR40040 Emerging therapies: Cloning, gene therapy and stem cells Spring

5

PHAR40050 Drug Discovery and Development I Spring

5

PHAR40060 Advanced Renal Pharmacology: disease development and treatment Spring

5

PHAR40160 Drug Discovery and Development II Spring

5

RDGY30520 Medical Imaging (Clin/Res) Spring

5


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